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Changing Relations
Achieving Intimacy in a Time of Social Transition


Part of Advances in Personal Relationships

  • Date Published: February 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521842044

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  • In a fast-changing world, what impact does social change have on our everyday relationships? How do modernisation processes influence our broader values, and how might these then affect our desires to marry, have a family and develop our social networks? And how do sudden events in a society - invasions, civil conflict, terrorist attacks, collapse of a political system - influence our relationship decisions and processes. In this book Goodwin critically reviews the literature on modernisation and contemporary relationships, challenging simplistic conclusions about the 'end of intimacy' and the inevitable decline of personal commitment. Reviewing work from across the globe, he also contends that adaptation to rapid change is moderated by individual, social class and cultural variations, with consequently differing impacts on everyday relations. In doing so he brings together contemporary debates in psychology, sociology and the political sciences on coping with social change and its impact on personal relations.

    • Brings together psychological research with theoretical outputs and data from political science, communication and sociology
    • Critical discussion of core debates, drawing on work of Putnam, Fukuyama, Giddens, Beck and Beck-Gernsheim, Bauman and other leading sociological commentators
    • Incorporates contemporary discussions of social change from across the social science, using clear-cut examples of social changes across the world
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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521842044
    • length: 246 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Defining and measuring social change
    2. The myth of modernisation?
    3. More beautiful than a monkey: the achievement of intimacy
    4. Friends and social networks
    5. Sex and the modern city
    6. Marriage and the family
    7. Modeling social change and relationships.

  • Author

    Robin Goodwin, Brunel University
    Robin Goodwin is professor of social psychology at Brunel University, West London. A winner of the New Faculty (Steve Duck) Prize by the International Society for the Study of Personal Relationships, he is associate fellow of the British Psychological Society, associate editor at the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and past chair of the publications committee for the International Network on Personal Relationships.

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